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Graduate School Resources for Master's Students

Students in research master’s programs in The Graduate School can take advantage of many Duke programs and resources to support their career and professional development. Here are some of the top resources of interest to master’s students offered by The Graduate School and campus partners.

  1. ELIThe Duke University Career Center is an excellent first stop, particularly for those students who are considering a summer internship. Get started with the Career Center’s guide to internships for new master’s students.
  2. Developing transferable skills such as communication, leadership, and self-awareness can benefit master’s students whether they plan to work or continue their education after graduation. The Graduate School offers a workshop series each semester focused on the needs of master’s students.
  3. In collaboration with the The Graduate School, Thompson Writing Studio offers writing support for graduate students, including individual writing consultations.
  4. The Professional Development Series focuses on transferable skills and the full range of career paths available to master’s- and PhD-prepared professionals.
  5. Teaching Ideas workshops focus on topics relevant to classroom teaching, dealing with students, or faculty life and career paths.
  6. The Emerging Leaders Institute, offered each spring, aims to increase participants’ competencies in communication, leadership, self-awareness, professional adaptability, and interdisciplinary teamwork.
  7. The Professional Development Grant provides up to $2,000 for discipline-specific professional development activities hosted by departments and programs. Proposals are accepted in fall.
  8. Students who will be working closely with a faculty mentor can benefit from the resources of the Cultivating a Culture of Mentoring website.
  9. Improve your LinkedIn profile and connections and access other online resources to continue your professional development 24/7.
  10. Leverage the Duke Alumni Network to find alumni who may be able to help you grow your network and explore career options.
  11. Read about your colleagues’ professional development and contribute a post of your own to the Professional Development Blog.
  12. Keep track of upcoming career and professional development events.
     

Graduate School Workshop Series for Master’s Students

Each semester, The Graduate School offers several workshops specifically designed for students in the school’s research master’s programs as part of the Professional Development Series. Master’s students are also welcome at most other events offered as part of the Professional Development Series. 

Fall 2017 Workshops for Master’s Students

Myers-BriggsAn Introduction to Your Professional Development at Duke: A Workshop for Master’s Students

Friday, September 8, 12:00 to 1:30 pm
Whether you’re a new master's student or about to finish your program, this workshop will help you familiarize yourself with the career and professional development resources, programs, and opportunities available at Duke and beyond. More information

Preparing for Corporate America: A Workshop for Master's Students

Friday, September 22, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
This talk will help you identify key skills and competencies that will help position you for a successful career launch and upward professional trajectory in corporate America. Priority registration for master's students through September 6. Registration and more information coming soon!

How Do You Lead People Who are Not Like You? A Myers-Briggs Type Workshop for Master’s Students

Tuesday, September 25, 2:00 to 5:00 pm
This interactive workshop will help you learn not only about your own behaviors and preferences but also how people with different personality types might perceive them, impacting your effectiveness as a leader. Priority registration for master's students through September 6. More information

The Two-Hour Job Search, Featuring Steve Dalton

Tuesday, October 3, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
In this workshop, Fuqua career coach and The 2-Hour Job Search author Steve Dalton offers an exact process – rather than a series of tips – for effectively turning strangers into advocates, leading to more internal referrals and more job interviews. More information

Preparing Ph.D. Applications: A Workshop for Master’s Students

Tuesday, October 31, 12:00 to 1:30 pm
Gain insights into the decision-making processes of doctoral admissions committees with this workshop. More information
 

Past Workshops

Spring 2017

Advanced Time Management: A Workshop for Master’s Students

Join us for a workshop with Joy Birmingham, Senior Practitioner at Duke Learning & Organization Development. This workshop will equip you with strategies to understand your strengths in managing short- and long-term goals. More information

What does Confidence Look, Feel, and Sound Like? A Workshop for Master’s Students

How do you wish you came across to your colleagues? Want to experience confidence that is truly felt? Express yourself with clarity and conviction? This workshop with In The Public Eye President Joy Javits will help you develop skills in confidence and communication. More information

An Introduction to Your Professional Development at Duke: A Workshop for Master’s Students

Whether you’re a new master's student or about to finish your program, this workshop will help you familiarize yourself with the career and professional development resources, programs, and opportunities available at Duke and beyond. More information

Making a Successful Impression (and How to Handle Mistakes If You Make Them): A Workshop for Master’s Students

Do you have an upcoming conference presentation, challenging conversation, or other situation for which you'd like advice? This workshop with In The Public Eye President Joy Javits will help you build the skills you need to make a good impression. More information

Leveraging Your Strengths: A Workshop for Master’s Students

Investigate strategies for communicating your strengths to others, the challenges that your strengths might pose for you, and ways you can use information about your strengths to thrive in a team setting. More information

 

Contact

Melissa Bostrom, PhD
Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Professional Development
Duke University Graduate School
melissa.bostrom@duke.edu